Brandon Spearman is a 24 year old 190cm guard playing his second season in Germany in the Pro A for the Gladiators Trier. He started his basketball career in 2010 for Dayton(NCAA) where he played 36 NCAA games. He then moved to Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and finished his last two seasons at Hawaii (NCAA) and as a senior played 26 games averaging 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 52.8%. As a rookie last season in Germany he played for SC Rist Wedel (Germany-ProB) playing 18 games: 17.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 64.0%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 77-69 victory against the Finke Baskets Paderborn.
Brandon thanks for talking to German Hoops You spent Christmas and new years in Germany. Despite not being home in the United States, what were you able to cherish most about the experience in Germany?
Spending Christmas in Germany this year was amazing. I stayed in Trier and had my girlfriend come out to visit me. It was well spent.
What new year resolutions have you given yourself as the basketball player and the person off the court?
Basketball resolution is to continue playing well for the Gladiators and help lead this team to the playoffs. Off the court nothing changed for me from 2015, I will continue being the same Brandon Spearman.
Congrats on the big 77-69 win against the Finke Baskets Paderborn. How proud are you of the team to come back after losing the last two games before the Christmas break and getting the first win in 2016?
Very proud of my team it was the right way to start the new year off with a win. Very happy how we played we must continue this effort.
How vital was it holding Paderborn to 9 points in the first quarter to laying the foundation for a very strong defensive team performance?
Defense comes first on this team and were looking to do a much better job at that end of the floor this second half of the season.
New Gladiator Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter of his debut against Paderborn. Did he give an early indication that he could be an added crunch time type of player in the second half of the season?
Kwadzo is another player on this team that can make big plays for us. He played a great game. Can’t wait for Saturday game
The club did a good job limiting Paderborn top scorer Chase Adams to eight points and four assists. Was this was one of the keys for the game to contain him well?
Adams is a strong pg that is always on the attack and we slowed him down with our constant pressure.
Coming into the Paderborn game the Gladiators Trier have held opponents to 70 points or less eight times and did again to Paderborn keeping them to 69 points. With the team defending so well this season can you still get excited over a defensive performance like that despite it happening on a regular basis this season?
Every weekend when we hit the floor we want to set that tune on defense. We have to be that team that makes plays on the defensive end. We can and will continue to make progress on both ends of the floor.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe had a great debut with 20 points, eight boards and four assists. What has impressed you most about his game and what does he give the team that it didn´t have before he came?
Kwadzo is another capable guard that can do a lot for this team. He’s a smart experience guard that played in Europe before. With our team being young he’s a great add on for us all. Excited about playing with Kwadzo we can be top back court in the League in my eyes. Love to have him apart of the team.
The Gladiators Trier went into the Paderborn game in 10th place with a record of 7-9. You are a lot better team than the record shows. How do you see the club still being able to heighten their game in the second half of the season?
In 2015 we lost a lot of close games that we should of won. Now in 2016 those close games have to be won games for us. We not looking back in 2015. 2016 is here now and we are 1-0 and a much better team, we have a lot to show. We confident coming in to the new year.
What are the team goals for the second half of the season and with the team chemistry having been interrupted with players coming and going do you see a healthy team chemistry being developed now in the second half?
The chemistry is great everybody enjoy playing with each other and everybody has that winning attitude. With players coming and going we still able to come together.
Jack Eggleston is averaging 8,3ppg and 6,0rpg. He is still finding his rhythm after displaying his craft in the German Pro A the last years. What does he give the team that wasn´t present before he arrived?
Jack is another experienced player that brings a lot to the team, he does a lot of work for us that goes unnoticed. He’s a very smart player and willing to sacrifice anything for the team. Jack brings a lot to the team and he will continue to do so.
The team has had injury woes at the guard position losing German Simon Schmitz for a long extended period. How well has other German Kevin Smit taken on the responsibility at the point guard position in the absence of Schmitz?
Schmitz is working his away back and having him would be another great add on for the new year. With adding Kwadzo now we have multiple guards that can handle multiple responsibilities
Your leading the team in scoring with 14,8ppg. Is your shooting range from downtown one of the main areas that you want to improve on in the second half of the season?
Yes most defiantly it’s quiet shocking right now I’m not shooting well from 3 something I been great at in previous seasons. But there’s a lot work I have to put in not just from 3 but all around included but I’m more than confident that it will come back to me.
Do you see Steph Curry hitting for 70 points this season?
Curry can go for 70 for sure.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Brandon for the chat.